Dragon Age: Inquisition Takes Game of the Year at DICE Awards

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Takes Game of the Year at DICE Awards

Update:

The 18th Annual D.I.C.E Awards have concluded, with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor sweeping every category it was nominated for except the overall Game of the Year, which was well earned by Dragon Age: Inquisition. It's not much of a surprise, though, as our own Reader's Choice Game of the Year made exactly the same prediction.

Here's the full list of the category winners:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction - Monument Valley
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Talion)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition - Destiny
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design - Destiny
  • Outstanding Achievement in Story - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Outstanding Technical Achievement - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Action Game of the Year - Destiny
  • Adventure Game of the Year - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Family Game of the Year - Little Big Planet 3
  • Fighting Game of the Year - Super Smash Bros for Wii U
  • Racing Game of the Year - Mario Kart 8
  • Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year - Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Sports Game of the Year - FIFA 15
  • Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • D.I.C.E. Sprite Award - Transistor
  • Handheld Game of the Year - Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS
  • Mobile Game of the Year - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay - Destiny
  • Outstanding Innovation in Gaming - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Design - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Game of the Year - Dragon Age: Inquisition

What do you think? Was Destiny deserving of the "Online Gameplay" award? Should Dark Souls II have been somewhere on the list? Should they have included a Horror category, if only to give Alien: Isolation some attention? Hop into the forums and let us know!

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Original Post:
With D.I.C.E. 2015 behind us, it's time for the annual awards show, celebrating triumphs in gaming in 2014. Last year, The Last of Us stole the show, taking the award for 10 of 12 categories for which it was nominated. Two years ago, it was Journey that really burned bright, taking eight of 11 nominations.

Since they're streaming live this year, we thought you might not want to wait, so check it out right here as it's going on, and we'll update the post after the awards with all of the winners.

What do you think deserves recognition this year? Hop over to the forums and let us know!

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The comedian won me over with the Final Fight bit. That's not a fake gamer comic cashing a paycheck.

I refuse to acknowledge the credibility of any award ceremony that includes the category "Best Mobile Game of the Year".

That said, I fully agree with Mordor taking home a bundle of trophies and Inquisition being game of the year...with that said, I don't really see how GotY could be the only trophy you take home. Considering all the accolades Mordor received, you'd think that would make it the obvious GotY.

DA:I? Hahahahaha, what a scam.

I havent played a game that felt that much like an empty mmo since kingdoms of amalur. Both games were extremely tedious and boring. If Dragon Age: Inq is goty in any shape or form that has been a poor year indeed.

I'd argue that I don't think DA:I deserves it, but then I try to think of any major AAA games to really compete against it and I'm left with a nothing. I can think of plenty of games *I* think were better but they were by and large niche titles or small indie games that largely aren't really meant to appeal to a wider audience.

So, erm, yay Dragon Age: Inquisition?

Also no Transistor for Music Composition? Utter nonsense.

The Madman:
I'd argue that I don't think DA:I deserves it, but then I try to think of any major AAA games to really compete against it and I'm left with a nothing. I can think of plenty of games *I* think were better but they were by and large niche titles or small indie games that largely aren't really meant to appeal to a wider audience.

So, erm, yay Dragon Age: Inquisition?

Also no Transistor for Music Composition? Utter nonsense.

It kills me to say it, but I kind of agree with you. Inquisition started out strong, but it seemed to lose its focus into the game, and toward the end the story took a sharp left turn that had me going, "Wait, what? No, that's not suppose to happen!" But I can't really think of anything else that was up there. Makes me wonder if part of the reason is because it's still fresh in everyone's minds.

On a side note, Talion got best character? Really? He's so...boring though. He's just another grumbling gruff angry guy from what I've played so far. Were there really no other better characters this year?

Mordor is hilarious. The game is best at everything, but isn't the best game. Wut.

It is also somehow an adventure game. That's some Oscar caliber "we shafted you on the big one so here's a bunch of secondary shit" going on right there.

And why am I the one that feels stupid when they fold MMO's and RPG's into the same category. Geez.

Outstanding Achievement in Story - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Achievement in Character - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Talion)

Outstanding achievement in STORY and Talion for most outstanding character? I want what those judges are smoking.
Don't get me wrong, I quite liked SoM but one doesn't play it for the story or because Talion is that compelling of a character, if anything he is a shoe in for worst protagonist of a good game 2014.

I also disagree big time on the strategy/simulation award considering there was a lot of awesome strategy games released in 2014 ( as well as good RPGs) and hearthstone isn't even the best online CCG, just seemingly the one that's best marketed and therefore popular.

I could go on but those were my personal nitpicks, overall if I didn't regard DICE awards highly before, I ain't gonna be starting now.

RPGs and MMOs are clumped into one category? That's ridiculous. I mean, that's not the only thing that is ridiculous about this award show but it caught my attention.

tzimize:
DA:I? Hahahahaha, what a scam.

Well, who else are they gonna give it to really? 2014 has been one of the most unremarkable gaming years in history.

Kinda bummed to not even see Wolfenstein: The New Order in there. That game stands head and shoulders above anything else I've played in '14.

Outstanding achievement in Animation, Story and _Character_ for Shadow of Mordor??

They seriously won an award for "They killed my family in the tutorial and now I'm angry" as their driving character motivation? And it also won them an award? And they literally just copied most of their animations from Assassins Creed. Watch how Talion walks, or how he climbs a particular ledge etc, and you'll notice it's exactly how Ezio does it. It's not a coincidence either, because Ezio has a very distinct walk that only makes sense in an Assassins Creed setting.

This is the final confirmation that 2014 was a terrible year for games

Inquisition won best game? Wow. From what little I saw of it, Mordor looked infinitely more fun and engaging.

Nice to see DA:I and ME: SOM take home awards. I love both but I love DA: I a little more and I am happy to see it won Game of The Year.

BrotherRool:
Outstanding achievement in Animation, Story and _Character_ for Shadow of Mordor??

They seriously won an award for "They killed my family in the tutorial and now I'm angry" as their driving character motivation? And it also won them an award? And they literally just copied most of their animations from Assassins Creed. Watch how Talion walks, or how he climbs a particular ledge etc, and you'll notice it's exactly how Ezio does it. It's not a coincidence either, because Ezio has a very distinct walk that only makes sense in an Assassins Creed setting.

This is the final confirmation that 2014 was a terrible year for games

Well, I don't know, his cloak was pretty bad ass... Yeah...

And honestly the game did feature so great animation, but nearly all of that was confined to the orc faces. They had some of the best facial animations I've ever seen.

Sniper Team 4:
It kills me to say it, but I kind of agree with you. Inquisition started out strong, but it seemed to lose its focus into the game, and toward the end the story took a sharp left turn that had me going, "Wait, what? No, that's not suppose to happen!" But I can't really think of anything else that was up there. Makes me wonder if part of the reason is because it's still fresh in everyone's minds.

I don't think DA:I was a bad game, I certainly enjoyed it and there are some things it did extremely well. On the other hand there were also other things it did pretty poorly and overall it felt like more of an above average title rather than anything 'Game of the Year' worthy.

But again I also try to think of any other major game titles that really deserve the Game of the Year title and I'm left stumped, so I guess it kinda wins by default. No other big budget titles really stand out as anything remarkable this year, though I've yet to have gotten around to play Wolfenstein and I've little to no interest in Mordor and I've heard both of those were good.

Shadow of Mordor won best story and character (Talion)? Did we play the same game? I'm actually surprised that SoM won so many awards. The game had solid combat, sure, but there was a huge amount of power creep that just made the game super easy past a certain point, and that made the game super boring.

Dragon Age Inquisition was terrible in half the systems it launched, and even then it never did much that other RPGs didnt do better like Dragons Dogma (even if that game was also filled with problems).

And I would understand Mordor taking something home for the nemesys system but for everything else? Wolfenstein should have taken for character instead.

As for online even Insurgency would have been a better choice since it mixes the realism and fun so well to make a balanced shooter that needs teamwork that so many others have tried to do and failed (Project Reality 2 is still better though).

Laggyteabag:
Shadow of Mordor won best story and character (Talion)? Did we play the same game? I'm actually surprised that SoM won so many awards. The game had solid combat, sure, but there was a huge amount of power creep that just made the game super easy past a certain point, and that made the game super boring.

It's pretty ridiculous idd. Shadow of Mordor's storyline and character development could be written down on one side of a piece of toilet paper.

I like DA:I, but I mostly find it troubling that there is so little variation in the awards.

I'm biased of course as I'd only rate SoM a 6/10 at most, but still. There were other great releases that deserve recognition.

tzimize:
DA:I? Hahahahaha, what a scam.

I havent played a game that felt that much like an empty mmo since kingdoms of amalur. Both games were extremely tedious and boring. If Dragon Age: Inq is goty in any shape or form that has been a poor year indeed.

And never mind the fact the games performance randomly tanks on machines that by right should be playing on max setting without issue. Also, Destiny had the best music? Really? So I guess a good soundtrack has to be entirely forgettable these days. Furthermore, just did a little search on youtube, the Transistor OST has like 600,000 more views than Destiny with some of the individual tracks at 400,000+ views.

*looks over awards*

Have the DICE awards always been just a prolonged AAA wanking session?

And where the hell is Wolfenstein The New Order? That had good music, good gameplay and a decent story to boot. Easily one of the most purely-entertaining games of the year.

Well personally I loved DA:I and Destiny so I'm happy to see them take home awards. Inb4 "OMG YOU LIKE VIDEOGAMES? HOW MUCH IS EA PAYING YOU, YOU HOLLOW CORPORATE SHILL!!!"

Although I'm forced to agree that SoM winning for story/character is... rather odd. The only way that really works is if we are counting the nemesis system as "emergent story". From that perspective I can see why it won, even if I don't agree.

RJ 17:
I refuse to acknowledge the credibility of any award ceremony that includes the category "Best Mobile Game of the Year".

At least it went to Hearthstone, and none of the Superbowl nonsense...

RJ 17:
That said, I fully agree with Mordor taking home a bundle of trophies and Inquisition being game of the year...with that said, I don't really see how GotY could be the only trophy you take home. Considering all the accolades Mordor received, you'd think that would make it the obvious GotY.

Come now, that's unfair. DA:I also won best RPG/MMO. Which doesn't affect the gist of your argument at all ;)

Casual Shinji:

tzimize:
DA:I? Hahahahaha, what a scam.

Well, who else are they gonna give it to really? 2014 has been one of the most unremarkable gaming years in history.

Kinda bummed to not even see Wolfenstein: The New Order in there. That game stands head and shoulders above anything else I've played in '14.

Well, you kinda answered your own question there I guess. Wolfenstein TNO was a LOT better.

And I'm sure I could think of others as well, if I could muster the need to.

I came to this thread expecting to see multiple variations on a theme of "Wah! [Game I Like] didn't win and [Game I Don't Like] did! Why doesn't everyone have the same opinion as me?!" I was not disappointed.

Having said that, I do agree that giving SoM awards for story and characters is a pretty strange choice.

This list is kinda messed up. I loved SOM, but it wasn't that great in the story department, and Talion is pretty much a dude who dislikes orcs starring in a story where he kills orcs because they are evil. It's funny how they merged MMO and RPG categories together and DA:I won that because it basically is a fucking MMO without online interactions and i would rather see anything else as the overall game of the year than that abomination, but thats not my list so complaining is pointless.

The Madman:
I'd argue that I don't think DA:I deserves it, but then I try to think of any major AAA games to really compete against it and I'm left with a nothing. I can think of plenty of games *I* think were better but they were by and large niche titles or small indie games that largely aren't really meant to appeal to a wider audience.

So, erm, yay Dragon Age: Inquisition?

I'm not familiar with the Dice selection process, so: Why are only western AAA games contenders? Why does niche matter? If a game is the better executed game, what does budget or audience have to do with it, in a legitimate awards show? I know you're talking about the conventional wisdom that pervades the media, but that's the problem. If people are going to act like these awards have any critical value -and many seem to believe they do since they leverage awards won and review scores in their arguments- there needs to be an honest discussion on just what values in games are being considered and why certain values are given more weight than others. Because often it seems that craft and execution take a backseat to demographic appeal and visibility.

Casual Shinji:
Well, who else are they gonna give it to really? 2014 has been one of the most unremarkable gaming years in history.

Not my personal favorite (which was Dungeons of the Endless, which even I admit was too limited to represent the year), but Bayonetta 2 excelled at nearly everything the designers tried to do. It was far and away the best in its genre, and possibly one of the best in its genre ever. Insane level of polish. The skill and craft that went into producing the game are second to none.

Edit: a quick search found me this little nugget

http://techraptor.net/content/game-awards-judge-reveals-bias-bayonetta-2

Wuvlycuddles:
Also, Destiny had the best music? Really? So I guess a good soundtrack has to be entirely forgettable these days. Furthermore, just did a little search on youtube, the Transistor OST has like 600,000 more views than Destiny with some of the individual tracks at 400,000+ views.

Yeah, I liked Destiny's music but it didn't blow me away. Destiny definitely deserves Best Sound Design though, that game has some of the best FPS sound effects in the past ten years. You can close your eyes in a PVP game and figure out everyone's loadout by sound alone.

Encaen:

  • Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year - Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Wow, for real? If Inquisition sets standards for multiplayer than that time I fractured my arm must have set the standard for best feeling ever.

    Casual Shinji:
    Well, who else are they gonna give it to really? 2014 has been one of the most unremarkable gaming years in history.

    Respectfully disagree here unless we are only talking about AAA games.

    I'd have given the RPG award to Divinity:Original Sin (it has COOP for crying out loud! that's like super rare in an rpg that isn't a diablo clone) or failing that, Shadowrun:Dragonfall and my personal pick for strategy would have been Xenonauts (a more faithful remake of the original xcom that together with the firaxis version makes for the complete alien hunting package)
    If we have to stick to CCGs alone, Infinite Wars is a damn good one and heads and shoulders above Hearthstone.

    On the rpg and strategy front, this has been a decent year for gaming, especially compared to 2013.

    tzimize:

    Casual Shinji:
    Well, who else are they gonna give it to really? 2014 has been one of the most unremarkable gaming years in history.

    Kinda bummed to not even see Wolfenstein: The New Order in there. That game stands head and shoulders above anything else I've played in '14.

    Well, you kinda answered your own question there I guess. Wolfenstein TNO was a LOT better.

    And I'm sure I could think of others as well, if I could muster the need to.

    Yeah, but Wolfenstein was a very early release, and those games hardly ever get much exposure come awards season. Unless they're Resident Evil 4.

    crispskittlez:

    Encaen:

  • Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year - Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Wow, for real? If Inquisition sets standards for multiplayer than that time I fractured my arm must have set the standard for best feeling ever.

    For reasons I'm not clear on, they simply combined the RPG and MMO categories, so it's not being awarded for its multiplayer, rather for its being a great RPG.

    Just goes to show that in a well publicized "game awards ceromony". The only thing that matters is how much/what language/how fast your money talks.

    Or have no competition, 2014 was a shit year for games.

    Inquisition was-Empty MMO World:The Game (Now featuring 12 different bald hairstyles!) I went from playing wow to this, no difference. Everything this game does, Guild wars 2 does better.

    Mordor - Orc Killing:The Game. (An ok game, untill you get tired of killing orcs)

    Encaen:

    crispskittlez:

    Encaen:

  • Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year - Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Wow, for real? If Inquisition sets standards for multiplayer than that time I fractured my arm must have set the standard for best feeling ever.

    For reasons I'm not clear on, they simply combined the RPG and MMO categories, so it's not being awarded for its multiplayer, rather for its being a great RPG.

    In that case, it's a very unnecessary distillation of genres. I would think MMOs and RPGs are different and numerous enough to warrant having separate categories.

    Wait Talion from Mordor got best character? What? The guy was about as interesting as Aiden Pierce. And if you don't remember who Eiden Pierce was, he was the main character of Watch Dogs. Yeah remember that game?

    Wish Wolfenstein won more. That game was a genuine surprise.

    It is sad when absolute gems like the Binding of Isaac Rebirth are not remembered.

    It is even worse when a just above average game like Dragon Age gets so much praise. Empty space, filler quests, dumbed down combat, poor pc interface, poor performance on last gen consoles (and on a lot of pcs). It is a big game with some interesting characters and dialogue (and somewhat pretty graphics), but if this is the best we got, the year was really terrible for games.

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